Author: Paglia, Isabella
When a mysterious box arrives in the woods, a group of friends try to reassure the animal inside the box and introduce them to their new home.
Kirkus Reviews (07/01/22)
School Library Journal (10/28/22)
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Booklist - 08/01/2022 After a carton suddenly materializes in their woods, Owl, Squirrel, Bear, Hare, and Fox wonder what it could possibly contain. Clearly someone is in there, but when they try to open it, the mysterious inhabitant shrieks, “NO! The curious crowd steps back, appreciating that the box dweller might be scared. Can they coax the newcomer out with a show? Maybe a pile of snacks? Alas, the box stays firmly closed, but the group continues to care for it, pushing in treats and huddling around to keep the inhabitant warm. When a storm threatens to soak the carton, the group spirits it away into Bear’s cozy den, and this enormous kindness finally coaxes the hidden creature out and into the other critters' embrace. This delightful Italian import proffers a pleasant mystery but happily doesn’t rush to solve it, taking time for whimsical diversions along the way. The splendid pastel, chalk, and watercolor illustrations are softly textured and full of fanciful details worth a second glance. A remarkably empathetic and enchanting mystery in the woods. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 10/28/2022 PreS-Gr 1—Bear, Fox, Hare, Squirrel, and Owl are friends who live together in the deep woods. One day a mysterious white box with two small holes appears. When it moves they understand that someone is inside and urge it to come out and join them. But a sad "Noooo" is their response. Thinking that the creature inside must have had a bad day, is afraid, or shy, the animals show small kindnesses and much patience. They make a party, tell jokes, and offer small gifts; when a storm arrives they move the box into Bear's warm dry den. Eventually their gentleness pays off and out of the box pops a new friend, a parrot, to be welcomed to their woodland family. Muted pastel illustrations enhance this work and show the affection the animals feel for each other and natural good will they have for the stranger in the box. Gentle illustrations and sweet spirit infuse this work. VERDICT This is a tender and useful book to share with young children to convey the message that kindness, patience, and understanding are the keys to friendship.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.